Seattle and Mold – Your Guide to Mold in Northern Washington

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Welcome to Seattle!

With a total land area of slightly less than 84 square miles, Seattle, Washington is home to an immense array of both natural and man-made features. It’s not enough to simply say you’d like to live in Seattle—the neighborhood that you pick within the borders of “the Emerald City” can have a significant effect on your environment, options, and overall living experience.

We’ve done some research on five of the more popular boroughs in the city and have complied our findings on the pros and cons of living in each one. However, at RealTime Labs, we’re experts in the field of mold detection and mycotoxin-related illnesses…so, as you’ve probably guessed, we’ve weighed “potential for mold exposure” as a factor in the neighborhoods’ evaluations!


What We Love

Ballard, the hub of Seattle’s maritime industry, is overflowing with history. Folks who can trace their family’s roots back to Scandinavia will likely be intrigued by the Nordic History Museum, and everyone else can enjoy Pike Place Market, the Locks, and even the iconic Mox Boarding House. And when it comes to dining, it’s hard to beat this area for fresh seafood and breweries. Ballard is also known for having great schools, and while it’s not the “safest” neighborhood in the region, the crime rate is still impressively low.  

Overall, Ballard is perfect for families, young professionals, retired people—pretty much anyone with an interest in making Seattle home!

What It Lacks

One of the most common complaints about Ballard is its distance from downtown Seattle. Getting from Point A to Point B is not an insurmountable feat, but families that rely on public transportation may find the commute tedious. On the other hand, families that DON’T rely on public transportation might be frustrated with the area’s general lack of parking, especially near more popular attractions.

And Ballard’s close proximity to the sea means near-constant exposure to moist air—which can very easily facilitate the growth of mold inside homes. Cleaning spots of unfriendly fungus on your own is definitely possible, but if it’s dangerous black mold, or the mold patch is more than 10 square feet in size, it’s much safer to call in a professional.

Beacon Hill

What We Love

Beacon Hill is a neighborhood with an eye on progress. In recent years, the area has seen major economic development; what was once a relatively isolated region is now home to businesses of all sizes, with new construction projects springing up seemingly every day.

At the same time, though, Beacon Hill has become somewhat famous for its Food Forest, a community-led project that’s created a public park and “edible landscape” in the middle of a formerly all-urban environment. And as more people have moved to the place, it’s become increasingly diverse, thus creating a melting pot of cultures and ideas.

What It Lacks

While Beacon Hill has no shortage of activities, one thing it DOES lack is truly vibrant night life. Don’t get us wrong; there ARE plenty of venues for live music, restaurants, and outdoor recreation areas—all ideal for families. But if you’re a young, single professional whose favorite way to unwind on the weekends is to go bar-hopping or clubbing, Beacon Hill might NOT have what you’re looking for.

Also remember that, whenever construction’s afoot, there’s a chance of mold spores being “unearthed” and released into the air…especially if an older building is being torn down. Doctors working in the area’s many medical clinics may be wise to look into RealTime Laboratories’ MycoDART PCR test kits, which can be used to quickly and accurately assess patients for infestations.

West Seattle

What We Love

West Seattle is the oldest neighborhood on our list; in fact, the place is usually considered to be the birthplace of Seattle proper. The general vibe of West Seattle is distinctly suburban; it boasts a laid-back attitude and is, at its core, a residential area. But what it lacks in big business and industry, it makes up for in natural splendor—just take a gander at the Puget Sound!

Folks who live in West Seattle are well-known for being politically aware, environmentally friendly, and very proud of the borough that they call “home.” And if you’re a fan of forested parks, the beach, and small-town living, then you may enjoy living there, as well.  

What It Lacks

Like Ballard, West Seattle residents may grow frustrated with the hassle of getting downtown, especially when traffic is bad. And, of course, more access to nature DOES mean an increased risk of household mold.

This neighborhood can definitely feel like a little slice of heaven…but if a mold detection kit—like our Environmental Mold and Mycotoxin Assessment, or EMMA—reveals the presence of harmful mycotoxins or toxicogenic molds, then your house might start to feel decidedly less heavenly!    

Capitol Hill

What We Love

Capitol Hill is a veritable mecca of culture. The area is famous for its ethnic restaurants (including Mexican, Italian, Indian, and even cutting-edge fusion eateries), as well as several trendy bars and clubs—many of which are proudly pet-friendly!

The neighborhood fully embraces its thriving art scene, its connection to the LGBTQ+ community, and the importance of live music and entertainment. And speaking of live music: The Crocodile, one of Seattle’s most famous venues, has played host to bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Cheap Trick, just to name a few. Sure, Capitol Hill can be a bit rough, and it’s a little bit “grungy”…but that’s the way longtime residents like it!

What It Lacks

The same trendy, liberal vibe that some people love may be off-putting to folks who lean more conservative or traditional. Plus, a “grunge is good” attitude can sometimes lead to mold infestations going unchecked until they cause severe health problems!

As we said before, many establishments in Capitol Hill consider themselves pet-friendly. It’s important to remember, then, that pets can become sick after being exposed to mycotoxins, just like humans can. If your fur-baby seems to be feeling under the weather, a pet mycotoxin test may be in order.

Queen Anne

What We Love

Like a monarch perched on a throne, Queen Anne sits on the highest (named) hill in Seattle, practically guaranteeing a great view of the area for residents and visitors alike—especially if you make a pilgrimage to Kerry Park. While the region has a reputation for affluence, it’s definitely NOT all mansions and palatial estates. For example, Queen Anne is actually the location of the famed Space Needle, multiple trendy cafés, and enough boutiques and indie bookstores to make a shopaholic salivate.

Queen Anne has an “upper” area that’s great for raising a family, and a “lower” area that’s better-suited for young, single professionals interested in enjoying Seattle’s nightlife.

What It Lacks

Queen Anne (especially upper Queen Anne) is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Seattle, so really consider your finances if you’re contemplating a move there. Also, the area sits on a high hilltop—emphasis on “high!” Walking or biking downhill INTO town is easy, but making your way uphill back home is much less convenient!

And remember: expensive houses aren’t immune to mold issues; infestations aren’t something that only happens in “dirty” or “unkempt” homes! If someone in your family falls ill and their symptoms point to a mycotoxin-related illness, don’t dismiss the possibility of household mold outright. Rule it out only AFTER taking a quick, non-evasive Mycotoxin Urine Test!

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